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Inceptus [Paperback]

David L. Atkinson

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17 May 2013

In this the 5th Steele novel Patrick tackles the person who has been surreptitiously dogging his footsteps over a number of his adventures. This is not without risk and the focus of his love, Naomi Kobayashi, disappears which seriously affects his ability to function as well as he can. We also find out more about the man himself.

The adventure takes him to Eire, France, the USA before he returns to resolve the issue in the UK.

Will Patrick finally rid himself of a deadly enemy?

Can our hero rescue his love or is it already too late?

Another Patrick Steele adventure filled with tension and action as well as the support provided by the team he has developed over the years.

Product details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CompletelyNovel (17 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849143714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849143714
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.4 cm

More About the Author

Born in Sunderland many years ago I went to college in Bradford and trained to be a teacher, a profession I followed for 34 years. Then I worked in a bank for 6 years before retiring completely. I remained in Yorkshire and that is where I write. I have always had the ambition to write and eventually began in 2009 and have completed seven novels and one collection of poetry since then and I'm working on the eighth.
The first novel is entitled 'I Have To Get It Right'; the second is 'The 51st State'; the 3rd novel is 'The Biter Bit'; and, the fourth is 'A Changed Reality' and is now available also. All books are available in paperback or for Kindle.
The poetry collection 'The Musings of a Confused Mind' is available in paperback through or for Kindle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A real, human spy, in action on three continents 29 July 2013
By Gisela Hausmann - Published on
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Of course I was a big fan of Ian Fleming and Mickey Spillane but it has been some time since I picked up a spy novel. Starting anew with David Atkinson's "Inceptus" was a phenomenal idea. Out and over are the `glorious' days, when spies sat around and sipped martinis in casinos; nobody really believes that anymore, the Great Recession has rolled over us. The more pleasant it is to find a spy novel, which references to the real word and takes it into account.

"Since the world economic crash and the mismanagement of the Tory/ Libdem coalition government in recent years, most westernised countries had suffered considerable down turns in the standards of behaviour and mutual respect that had already been quite flimsy."

Though I somehow miss men standing in phone booths, with raised collars, most often in rainy weather, I so very much appreciated that Atkinson's spies are real people; equipped with guns, and schooled in Ki-Aikido defense technique, but nonetheless real.

A word of warning: I do not spoil and will not retell the plot.

Our main heroes and spies are Patrick Steele, Takuo Sumisu, and Naomi Kobayashi. Patrick had been recruited by the `Gurentai', a sub group of the Japanese 'Yakuza'. Scarred by childhood tragedies, Patrick was happy to join. The mafia style organization operates like Robin Hood's troop. Their goals fit into Patrick's world views, besides that he would be bored being an accountant. Patrick is not a cold-blooded killer, he sees the people around him and adds numbers to the picture:

"If you add to that a shortage of money then luxuries such as cinemas, coffee shops and restaurants were not exactly thriving. I supposed that one of the benefits was more people were growing their own food and sharing expertise with neighbours, a retrograde step backwards to almost medieval times. We hadn't quite returned to using horse transport!"

Patrick also has relationship with Naomi, which seems to have advanced from an ongoing recreational sexual relationship to something `bigger'. This is where the author excels. Opposite to the classic scenario, both of them DON'T KNOW how and if they could unite their professional activities with a possible personal union. It is a real relationship; they working on it. The reader can associate with what is happening. Naomi is not the most beautiful woman on Earth, with tiny golden strapped to her garter belt; she is "delectable". The third man, Takuo, is older and wiser, he guides and advises, besides being a killing machine, whenever he wants to. Even more importantly, "this little guy could obviously read minds".

The story begins with Patrick chasing two men, though he is not entirely sure of all backgrounds and associations. It leads the reader from Ireland to France, then briefly to Japan, from there to the United States, and back to England. The enemy turns out to be an old acquaintance. Atkinson guides us through the plot with poignant statements and questions:

"I really was alone even in this place full of people."

"Obviously I'd lost Kuklinski for now as he'd found himself transport. That in itself was significant. Where had he found a friend so quickly? Who were his contacts? What was he up to?"

and humor:

"... irrespective of how hard they tried, the CIA never quite got the dress code correct. Rather like brothers of the Latter Day Saints, the two CIA men arrived together, were too smartly dressed, and sported similar crew cuts. Amazing!"

On a personal side note I enjoyed finding out that the novel plays out in locations, which I visited in the past: "Killarney is the county town of County Kerry, on the shores of Lough Leane in the Killarney National Park and as such is a centre of tourism. The place was littered with hotels, bed and breakfast spots and pubs..." Little did I guess when I bicycled the Ring of Kerry 25 years ago, that I would revisit in mind when reading this very `cool' spy novel.

The novel's end is an unexpected surprise.

Highly recommended to readers, who enjoy authentic books rather than superficial exaggerations.
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